Currently: April 2019

It’s April. What a lovely month! Here’s what’s currently going on in my life this month.

Current book Just finished up reading about all things baby-led weaning, which was interesting. Still reading this devotional book for the mom’s group I’m co-leading, and just started re-reading this book that I enjoyed a lot last year.

Current joy Birds! We have a bird feeder just outside our kitchen window and I finally bought some seed to fill it with. I’m enjoying seeing birds at the feeder each day. Cardinals are my favorite. We also have a hummingbird feeder that I need to fill with nectar, too.

Bird feed for bird feeder

Current app Peanut. The best way I can describe it is that it’s like Tinder for meeting moms. I got “matched” with a mom that lives in my neighborhood and we’re hoping to meet up with our babies soon!

Current tv show Deliver Me. I have no idea how I got into a random birth-related show that was filmed in 2008-2011, but I’m diggin’ it.

Current obsession Dark chocolate.

Chocolove Rich Dark Chocolate

Current goal I want to vacuum and wash our car on a monthly basis. We’ll see how I do on this one 😉

Current craving I’d love to visit the Pittsburgh Zoo soon. I think Sadie would enjoy it as well!

Current food Pancakes. I was told Kodiak Cakes are delicious, so I picked up a box of the oat and honey mix and they did not disappoint! And yes, I ate them while standing at the counter 🙂

Kodiak Cake Pancake Mix Oat and Honey Whole Wheat

Current blessing The joy of spring and all the exciting things coming up. My sister and sister-in-law are expecting their daughters next month, we’re beginning to plan our garden, and just enjoying more daylight and warmer weather!

Current excitement We’re traveling this month! This will be Sadie’s first big trip and I’m equal parts excited and nervous. Fellow parents, any tips on long road trips with babies?!

Current cuteness Sadie in a Carhartt shirt! Jimmy wears a lot of Carhartt gear at work, so we thought it would be cute to get her a tool belt t-shirt so she can dress like her dad.

Baby girl in Carhartt baby t-shirt tool belt

Current beauty product I’ve been using Sun Bum shampoo and conditioner lately and it smells just like their sunblock. Strange? Maybe, but I really like the smell of sunblock.

Current drink I’ve been having a glass of apple juice almost every day lately. Random, but delicious.

Current fun Family nights at home. It’s so nice to have a few nights each week where we have nothing on the agenda and can just relax as a family.

Dad holding baby up to window with cat

Tell me something current in your life!

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How to Make Freezer Lunch Sandwiches

I mentioned in a previous post that I prep Jimmy’s breakfasts and lunches in advance and freeze them. I had a lot of interest in how I do this, so I’m here to describe the process for lunches!

Honestly, I never knew sandwiches could be frozen, but I just went for it one day and hoped for the best. Jimmy tells me he really enjoys his breakfasts and lunches, so it’s a win-win situation because having these meals made in advance has made our lives so much easier!

Everything bagel sandwiches

For lunch sandwiches, I pick some sort of sturdy bread product like a bagel, wrap, hearty bread, or bun. When I made the batch of sandwiches pictured in this post, I used everything bagels and pretzel bread.

Next, I choose some kind of meat to add as the bottom layer of the sandwich. For this batch, I used rotisserie chicken on the everything bagels and ham and turkey deli meat on the pretzel bread.

Pretzel breadEverything bagel freezer sandwiches

I preheat the oven to 350 degrees, line a cookie sheet with either parchment paper or foil and lay down the bread. Next I add the meat, cheese, and toppings and bake the sandwiches “open faced” for about five minutes, or until the cheese has melted and the bread has toasted a bit.

If you have a sturdy bread, I’ve found you can put the cheese on the other half of the sandwich without it becoming soggy.

Everything bagel freezer sandwichesEverything bagel freezer lunch sandwiches

Once the sandwiches have baked, I let them cool for about ten minutes and then assemble them, wrap them in plastic wrap, foil, or place them in a sandwich bag. When they’re completely cool, I place the wrapped sandwiches in a gallon freezer bag and freeze them until we need them.

Everything bagel freezer lunch sandwiches

My routine is to make a week or two of sandwiches at once, freeze them, and then pull out five on Sunday night. By Monday morning, the sandwiches are thawed and ready to go for the week.

Jimmy heats his sandwiches in a toaster oven for a few minutes, but also eats them without heating them sometimes and reports that both ways are delicious.

Pretzel freezer sandwich

Notes and ideas:
-I usually keep Jimmy’s sandwiches super simple; meat, cheese, jalapeño or banana pepper slices, and srircha or hot sauce.
-If I’m feeling fancy or have more time, I like to add thinly sliced onion, bell peppers, and bacon.
-Sometimes I make pizza sandwiches and add pepperoni, mozzarella cheese, and pizza sauce.
-Other topping ideas include most cooked or pickled vegetables, meat, mustard, and barbecue sauce.
-I would avoid lettuce, mayonnaise, and tomatoes, as they don’t freeze well.

Have any questions? Let me know in the comments! I’ll share a few breakfast recipes I have on rotation soon 🙂